The Force Awakens wrapped its main heroine, Rey, in an enigmatic bubble, and we've been trying to unravel the mystery that she is for almost two years now. The only bit of insight we've gotten regarding her past is the fact that her family dropped her off in Jakku and never came back. As you might expect, though, that tidbit has been enough to make fans go bananas wondering who her parents are.
Was she #LukeSkywalker's long-lost daughter? Obi-Wan Kenobi's daughter/granddaughter? Han and Leia's forgotten offspring, perhaps? Well, it's time to put those theories to rest, because it turns out the young Jedi's parents won't be a big deal... like, at all.
During an interview with Entertainment Weekly, The Last Jedi director #RianJohnson said his film will finally reveal the identity of Rey's parents, but don't get too excited about that prospect. Johnson said they won't actually be as important to the overall Star Wars universe as they are for their daughter:
"To me, it's important insofar as it's important to her. And I think it's important to her in terms of what is her place in all of this? What’s going to define her in this story? She was told in the last movie that the answer’s not in the past; it's looking forward. But she's showing up on this island to talk to this hero from the past."
Hold on a second... Maz Kanata revealed Rey's parents were inconsequential to the saga when she told the young Jedi she should stop looking at the past? That's awesome foreshadowing right there.
It's great that Johnson decided to disclose this information before the film's release. Let's face it, even though fans were the ones blowing the identity of Rey's parents out of proportion, odds are the majority of them would've been furious learning that wasn't the case in theaters. This revelation makes Rey a little similar to #Snoke in terms of backstory. After a whole lot of theorizing regarding his real identity, we learned there wasn't a bigger meaning behind him –– he's just Snoke.
Rey's Mystery Lies Within Herself
This reveal tells us something very important: All the mystery that's surrounded Rey since The Force Awakens comes because of her as a character, not because of where or who she came from. So, aside from finally introducing us to her long-lost family, will The Last Jedi tell us what the powerful Jedi in training is all about?
In the same interview, #DaisyRidley revealed that Rey learning about her parents won't necessarily clear up all the questions she has about herself:
"You can always look for answers and that doesn’t mean that the rest of your life is so easy. It’s not like, oh, I know who my parents are so now everything falls into shape, especially in the Star Wars world."
I'm just speculating here but that quote makes me think The Last Jedi will only offer another piece for the puzzle that's her real identity, and save a larger reveal for #EpisodeIX. That will probably be frustrating for the fandom but hey, we have to give props to Disney and Lucasfilm for keeping up such a nail-biting mystery.
We'll get to know or at least get an idea of what's going on with Rey and her origins when The Last Jedi hits theaters in December 15, 2017. While we wait, check out the trailer:
How do you feel about Rey's parents not being important to the story? Where do you think that leaves Rey? Let me know in the comments!
[Credit: Entertainment Weekly]